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RCS expands free food program to 26 sites during shutdown

UPDATED: March 27, 2020


Rutherford County Schools



Rutherford County Schools is currently providing breakfast and lunch to any child 18 and under at no charge while the district is shutdown for COVID-19.


Additionally, adults will also be served for $2 at breakfast and $3.80 for lunch. Exact change is needed for payment.


After spring break, the Food Service Program will be expanded to 26 school sites situated throughout the district. All meals will be available as a drive though or walk up location at the each of the sites and will be distributed for students to consume at home. There is no dine-in option.


Please note, the RCS food program will not be operating during spring break, which is the week of March 30-April 3. However, several community groups will be providing food during the week. Read further for specifics. 


The following 10 sites will offer both breakfast and lunch (pre-bagged) from 8-10 a.m.:


  • Cedar Grove Elementary
  • David Youree Elementary
  • Kittrell Elementary
  • LaVergne Lake Elementary
  • Oakland High
  • Riverdale High
  • Roy Waldron Elementary
  • Smyrna Middle 
  • Stewartsboro Elementary
  • Whitworth-Buchanan Middle



The expanded 16 sites will offer hot food from 8-9 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon daily:

  • Barfield Elementary
  • Buchanan Elementary
  • Central Magnet School
  • Christiana Elementary
  • Christiana Middle
  • John Colemon Elementary
  • LaVergne High
  • LaVergne Middle
  • LaVergne Primary
  • McFadden School of Excellence
  • Oakland Middle
  • Rocky Fork Elementary
  • Rocky Fork Middle
  • Smyrna Elementary
  • Smyrna High
  • Smyrna Primary



  • On Saturday March 28, Northfield Elementary will give away one grocery cart full of food to each individual from 9:30-11:30 a.m. (while supplies last).
  • Nourish Food Bank is providing hot meals available for breakfast and lunch at its 1809 Memorial Boulevard location for the time being. They will also be giving out ATLAS weekend backpacks at their sites as well. People may call their local direct service site or call 615-203-3963.
  • LifePoint Church and its For the Community Program has created a website for those who are in need of help. Anyone interested in helping or volunteering can access the same web page. After filling out the online form, a representative of the church will contact you. Their plan is to provide food boxes with a week’s worth of food for families on the Sunday prior to Spring Break.